Sharia Council Scholar: ‘Every Muslim I Know’ Is Celebrating Taliban Takeover
Judge receives backlash from Muslim community for remarks
United Kingdom Islamic Sharia Council (ISC) scholar Khola Hasan has claimed that “every Muslim” she knows is celebrating the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan following Joe Biden's disastrous U.S troop pullout.
But Hasan's remarks ignited backlash from various sections of the Muslim community.
Hasan told the BBC that during 20 years of insurgency using hostage-taking and child suicide bombers, the Taliban has now “grown-up."
“They’re learning," Hasan said.
"That’s not an easy thing to do, to come from hundreds of years of one way practicing your faith, and then suddenly exposed to different ways to think, ‘oh maybe we got it wrong,” she said in comments to BBC Radio 4, as quoted by MailOnline.
“The problem is we don’t give them a chance,” Hasan added, claiming that “Western media loves misrepresenting Muslims."
She went on:
The kind of language that came out from Western media when the Taliban took over — civil war, monsters, they’re going to slaughter people, it’s going to be awful, poor women, oh blah blah blah we’re going to cry our eyes out, poor women are going back into Medieval times, and all the rest of it.
It’s been misrepresented for so long that I’ve got used to it; I don’t even blink an eyelid anymore.
The sharia judge then said:
“Every single person that I know as a Muslim, whether on social media, I don’t know them personally, but I know them on social media or as friends, are celebrating [the Taliban’s victory] and saying ‘give them a chance.”
But Hasan received backlash from sections of Britain’s Muslim community.
Taj Hargey of the Oxford Centre for British Islam wrote in a DailyMail article that he found himself “wishing that the BBC still employed rigorous journalists instead of ‘wokelings’ who are afraid to question anything for fear of seeming sexist or racist."
“[T]he BBC appeared terrified of contradicting Ms. Hasan, simply because she is a Muslim woman and should therefore be allowed to assert any nonsense she likes without fear of contradiction,” Dr. Hargey lamented.
“The show did feature a courageous campaigner for Afghan women’s rights, the filmmaker Diana Saqeb Jamal, who dismissed Hasan’s claims as ‘insane,’” he conceded.
He then noted, “Ms Hasan ignored her, and was permitted the last word. She was also allowed to assert that oppression of women in France was worse than in Afghanistan."
“Ms. Hasan and the Islamic Sharia Council (ISC) operate in a theological bubble. The ISC is self-appointed, founded by her father Sheikh Suhaib Hasan in 1982 to promote sharia law in Britain,” Targey accused.
He insisted he has not met a single person in Britain who welcomes the return of the Taliban, not online, at the mosque or anywhere else.”
Last week, a senior Taliban commander declared Afghanistan would be ruled by an Islamic government guided by Sharia law and with "no democratic system at all."
Waheedullah Hashimi said democracy does not have "any base in our country," according to Reuters.
"We will not discuss what type of political system we should apply in Afghanistan because it is clear."
"It is Sharia law, and that is it," he said.